Having the right tools for your fireplace will make it safer and easier to use. There are many types of tools to choose from, but some are more important than others when it comes to protecting your home.

You can use a poker to reposition or push burning wood around in the fireplace. Also known as a stoker, this tool has an insulated handle to protect you from getting burned while using it. Though pokers come in a standard length, look for one that’s longer to get the most distance from the fire and any stray embers that may fly up while you’re using it.

Andirons are two upright metal beams that you place the wood on in the firebox to lift the logs up, allowing more air to reach the fire. Combining an andiron with a grate will help support smaller logs. Providing more airflow to the fire makes the fire burn cleaner and hotter. An added benefit to using andirons is they will keep logs from rolling out of the fireplace accidentally. This makes them one of the essential tools for your fireplace.

Finally, it’s critical to have a working fire extinguisher within reach. You only have seconds to act if a fire makes it outside of the controlled area of the fireplace. Regularly check the extinguisher to confirm that it has pressure, and make sure that every member of your family knows how to use it.

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